Sign up to volunteer!

Thank you for your commitment to Hilltop Artists and our community! Sign up for volunteer shifts below. If you have any questions, contact Monique Simkova at or 253.571.7670. Looking for the volunteer application? Click here.

Can I help at events?

We have several events throughout the year, ranging from glass sales and art installations to our annual luncheon. We are always looking for volunteers to help make these events happen. Some tasks require interacting with a lot of people, while others are more solitary. We’ll definitely find the volunteer role for you!

How else can I help?

OFFICE HELP: We have a range of volunteer opportunities in our office, so if you enjoy organizing like to work with databases, or simply prefer a volunteer position that’s more ongoing, we’ve got a variety of opportunities for you to help us out! Opportunities in our office include database clean-up, helping with bulk mailings, and post-event data entry. If you’re more business-oriented, we rely on volunteers for our gallery hours where you’ll get to work with students processing glass sales. PROVIDING A MEAL: If you like to cook, we’re always looking for volunteers to make dinner once a month for the young women in our Arts Connect program or the students on Team Production. STUDENT MENTORS: We also have student mentor volunteer positions for our daytime and after-school programs where you will need to have a background check and an interview before volunteering. You don’t need to have any glass experience as the foundation of the mentorship is to engage with the students about their creative process. Please contact Monique if you have questions on these volunteer positions at

Why is our Volunteer Community so Great?

We are so lucky to have dedicated volunteers who are funny, kind, and patient. Our volunteers are investing in the future of our students and Hilltop Artists. You are supporting students’ development of artistic and life skills, and spending time with creative students and awesome adults! Our volunteers love the chance to watch youth turn hot molten glass into beautiful works of art, but please note, as a volunteer, we do not have the resources for you to create your own glass art.

Any forms or handbooks I need to review?

New volunteers must also fill out a Hilltop Artists volunteer application as well as read and understand the Hilltop Artists volunteer handbook. When required, volunteers must complete Washington State Criminal History Background Check. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about volunteering at Hilltop Artists, don’t hesitate to contact Monique at or at 253-571-7670

By submitting this application, you affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. If you are accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by you on this application may result in immediate dismissal. It is the policy of Hilltop Artists to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. If working directly with students, we require a criminal background check which will be administered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Please review the Hilltop Artists Volunteer Handbook and indicate your understanding of the Volunteer Handbook by checking the box at the end of the form.

Questions? Contact Monique Simkova at 253.571.7670 or

Summer Festivals!

Hilltop Artists are at the following summer festivals!

11th Annual year of Arts Night Out

Click here to view our Facebook Event Page to learn more about our annual event called Art on the Ave!


If you would like to volunteer during the school year as a student assistant, you do not need glass blowing experience as you will not be teaching glass arts. Note: volunteers working with youth must be able to pass a background check. We provide the background check at no cost. 


Our student mentor volunteers connect with the students, ask them questions about their projects, engage them on topics, and help the students to explore their creative imagination.


Potential student mentor volunteers will come in for a day to meet the staff and students to see if this will be a good fit for the program. We ask for a minimum of 3-6 months volunteering as it is difficult on the students and staff to have a rotating crew of volunteers. Relationships are built, memories are shared, and we want to provide a stable environment for our students.


If you are interested, please email to set up a time to come in!


School Year Hours: 8:10 am – 3:00 pm Class periods are an hour long and may vary. You do not need to volunteer for the whole time.


After School Hours: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (September to June)


Team Production Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm Friday (September to June)


For an explanation of the different programs please visit our programs page.